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2021 DS 9

2021 DS 9

French luxury is back, and then some

The DS brand has established itself as Citroen’s luxury brand. After the DS3 and DS7 Crossback, the French marque has brought out its flagship – the DS9. It’s been too long since Citroen has had any form of a full-size saloon. Finally, in 2021, they have filled the void. The DS9 aims to compete with the likes of Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. A bold move, indeed. Those, familiar with the history of French manufacturers know that back in the 1950s, the most comfortable and revolutionary cars came from France. Can the DS9 recapture the old glory?

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2021 Citroen C4 and E-C4

2021 Citroen C4 and E-C4

The new C4 will be a breath of fresh air in a rather unremarkable segment

The new C4 is here and brings in what can be described as the French equivalent of retro-futurist design. This is especially interesting since Citroens of old were very advanced cars for their time and they also looked futuristic. Because of this, it may seem strange that we are talking about retro-futuristic aesthetics. That is until you look at some of their older models like the Citroen CX or SM. The C4 and now the e-C4 continue to be the backbone of Citroen’s lineup, but will quirky design and modern technology be enough to compete with the best?

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2021 Citroen DS4

2021 Citroen DS4

Citroen’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the success of the premium family hatchback

It’s been around six years since Citroen spun the DS line into its own sub-brand, and while the latter has had a modest amount of success standing in its own legs, there’s a general feeling that the DS brand still has plenty of untapped potential. The French automaker hopes to unlock some of that potential with the new DS4. The upscale four-door hatchback is an important model for DS, largely because of the popularity of the segment it occupies.

That popularity, though, comes at a price, specifically with the models that the DS4 will compete against. We’re not talking about riff-raffs here; this segment is also occupied by a handful of German stalwarts, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Mercedes A-Class. Still, if DS wants to be taken more seriously as an upscale brand, this is the segment where it needs to show its mettle. The DS4 will be tasked to do just that, and if the hatchback lives up to DS’s expectations, it can go a long way in adding some shine and boosting brand awareness for Citroen’s luxury brand.

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2020 Citroen Ami

2020 Citroen Ami

The Citroen Ami returns after 42 years as an all-electric quadricycle, and it’s kinda cute

The 2020 Citroen Ami is an all-electric vehicle based on the Ami One concept that the French company unveiled in 2019. Only 95 inches long and 55 inches wide, the Ami is in fact an elecric quadricycle rather than a full-blown car and it can be driven without a driver’s license.

This makes it accessible to people as young as 16 in most European countries (and 14 in France). Developed as a solution for city commuting over relatively short distances, the Ami is named after the original Citroen Ami, an economy car that the French firm produced from 1961 to 1978. What’s it all about and should you buy one? Find out in our review below.

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2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

Whenever DS flexes its luxury muscle, we should all pay attention

Over the past decades, luxury has been associated with what we could call analogue concepts: fine leather, wood veneer, exquisite quilting, and silky-smooth fabrics. These days, however, luxury goes hand in hand with technology, too.

Sure, not everybody approves of that, but even the most fanatical skeptic might have second thoughts after getting a glimpse of the DS Aero Sport Lounge. We’re gonna offer up a lot more than that in the words below.

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2021 DS 8

2021 DS 8

The company’s biggest sedan yet will go after the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6

The 2021 DS 8 is an upcoming midsize sedan from DS Automobile, the premium division of Citroen. The 2021 DS 8 is the company’s first venture into the midsize sedan market and it will be DS’ largest four-door yet, slotting above the DS 5LS.

Aimed at sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2021 DS 8 will share underpinnings with the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 508. Spotted testing since 2019, the DS 8 will probably break cover in 2020. Like most DS products, it will be unveiled in China initially, but will be sold in Europe as well.

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2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

This is Citroen’s gift to itself on its 100th birthday and it has none of the grace of its past legends

The Citroen 19_19 Concept is not a Tonka toy. Instead, it’s Citroen’s idea of how a fully autonomous car meant for cross-country trips will look in the future. Said to be inspired by the aviation world, it features a cabin brimming with tech that’s accessible via suicide doors. View it as the big brother of Citroen’s Ami One concept that’s built for the inner cities with licenseless drivers in mind.

Did you expect a nicer looking concept on Citroen’s 100th anniversary? After all, the endless streams of CXs, BXs or SMs should’ve been carried into the present day and into the future by something, right? Well, look at Citroen’s current lineup of cars. Do you see anything even remotely pretty or classy looking? I don’t and this autonomous EV sitting on 30-inch wheels is a sign that things won’t change. But underneath that GM AUTOnomy-esque body, there’s a revised version of Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, a 100kWh battery pack that translates to a near-500-mile range, and a pair of electric motors that combine for a total output of 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist. We reckon that’s enough for the driverless means of transportation of the future but what’s more important is what the 19_19 Concept hides behind those four large doors.

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2019 Citroen Ami Concept

2019 Citroen Ami Concept

It will bow at the 2019 Geneva motor show this March

Citroen is a manufacturer that many still associate with clever technical innovations wrapped in a unique styling package and, by that definition, the new Ami Concept fits right into the brand’s historic mold. It’s also not the first Citroen to be called Ami, so maybe the automaker is timidly trying to play the history card with this petit concept.

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2019 Citroen DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

2019 Citroen DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

French automaker’s attempt to woo the highly competitive Hybrid SUV segment

DS has been trying hard to give stiff competition to the German trio since its inception three years back. Despite having some quality vehicles like the DS3, DS4, and DS5, to name a few, the PSA Group marque has yet to announce itself as a serious threat to the rivals. In a valiant effort yet again, DS introduces the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 – its first plug-in hybrid offering. Does this crossover have enough to stare down the German bullies?

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2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

It doesn’t have AWD, though

Citroen plans to woo future C5 Aircross buyers with chunky SUV looks, striking fascias, and colorful design details. What you’re essentially looking at here is not an SUV, but the evolution of the European people carrier which Citroen chose to launch before the long overdue replacement for the C5 sedan and wagon.

First revealed for the Chinese market last year, and set to make its European debut at the Paris motor show this October, the C5 Aircross has been confirmed to arrive in showrooms by the end of 2018 with minor changes. Underpinning it is the same EMP2 platform used for the Peugeot 3008, 5008, and the Opel Grandland X - like these models from within the PSA group, the new C5 Aircross also lacks an all-wheel-drive option and only features Grip Control.

Previous C5-badged Citroens all used to feature the firm’s excellent hydropneumatic adjustable suspension, but here it’s been ditched in favor of what they call Progressive Hydraulic Cushions - basically two hydraulic stops on each corner: one for rebound and one for compression - and this is said to provide a very smooth ride, although the system is nowhere near as advanced as the previous one.

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2018 Citroen C3 Aircross

2018 Citroen C3 Aircross

The French automaker ramps up its presence in the compact SUV segment

One look at the current automotive landscape is all you need to see the incredible popularity of the crossover and SUV bodystyle. Not only is the high-riding, off-roader-esque style widespread in the U.S, but it’s gaining steam overseas as well. Taking advantage of the upwards trend is French automaker Citroen, which is reinvigorating its C3 nameplate with a new, next-gen crossover dubbed the C3 Aircross. Packing loads of customization options, a host of modern interior technology, and a wide selection of efficient gas and diesel powerplants, the C3 hopes to bring Citroen that sweet jacked-up hatchback success in a variety of markets across the world (minus the States, of course).

Framed as a “people-minded” crossover “inspired by customer expectations,” the new C3 Aircross follows in the footsteps of the Citroen C3 Aircross Concept revealed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, while also drawing inspiration from the C-Aircross concept that dropped at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, following an official debut at the Paris Motor Show, we have a ton of info on the new production-ready Citroen C3 Aircross. Read on for all the details.

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2017 Citroen C5 Aircross

2017 Citroen C5 Aircross

The company’s first vehicle to feature plug-in hybrid tech

If you look at Citroen’s current lineup, you won’t see too many crossovers and SUV, which is rather unusual given the current industry trends. Granted, Citroen might be a bit late to the party, but it’s already on its way to offering a solid family of crossovers in the future. The C5 Aircross is one of them and comes only two years after the French firm unveiled the Aircross concept. Heavily based on the show car, the production model broke cover at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show ahead of its Chinese market debut.

Faithful to the concept car design-wise, the C5 Aircross has very little in common with the sedan using the same badge. On top of being a new product for the brand, it also brings two important technologies to the market. For starters, it’s the first Citroen to use a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Second, it introduces the newly developed suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. It’s also a somewhat premium offering compared to its rivals, but you’ll find out more about how it stacks up against the competition in the review below.

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2018 DS 7 Crossback

2018 DS 7 Crossback

DS’ newest SUV is ready to take on the competition

Citroën has been around since 1919, but its premium sub-brand, DS Automobiles has only been around since its announcement back in 2009 – making the brand just shy of a decade old. Since then, the brand has released a few concepts and no fewer than six individual models that include the DS 3, DS 6, two iterations of the DS 4, and two iterations of the DS 5. Now with the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the DS brand is set to release a new SUV, aptly called the DS7.

It will fight against models like the Lexus NX, Audi Q2, and even the BMW X1 – a tall order, but not exactly unfathomable given the looks, luxury, and comfort offered by the brand’s newest SUV… uhem… Crossback. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the DS 7 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers some 300 ponies through all four wheels when needed. Features like DS Night Vision, DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Connected Pilot, and a pair of 12-inch screens inside are present – all of which poses a strong proposition for the competition.

There are even rumors that this newest model could, in fact, bring the Citroën brand – or at least some derivative of it – back to the U.S. for the first time in nearly three decades. Of course, word has it that its initial reentry will be trough a company called TravelCar which would help the brand introduce its newest models to the U.S. market as rental or ride-share vehicles. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and get too excited, that’s still some time away, and the DS7 is still headed to Geneva Motor Show. So, let’s take a better look at DS’ newest SUV and talk more about it.

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2017 Citroen C-Aircross Concept

2017 Citroen C-Aircross Concept

Citroen looks to the near future with an orange-studded SUV

Just like its production models, French automaker Citroen is known for producing odd, yet oddly likable concept cars. Merging obvious production vehicle allusions and never-gonna-happen design study gloss, the concepts are usually a mixed bag, but almost always eye-catching. Such is the case with the latest C-Aircross Concept, which was just revealed ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Following on the heels of Citroen’s Aircross Concept revealed back in 2015, the latest Aircross is a compact crossover that previews an upcoming production version of the crossover destined to replace the current C3 Picasso MPV. Clearly, Citroen is far more interested in SUVs, and as such, the production variant of this concept will offer the same softroader cues, including a tall body style, large wheels, flared fenders, and space in the back for things. The C-Aircross Concept also promises new interior tech and interior design, with a cabin space that’s just as wild, if not wilder, than the exterior.

And why not? Crossovers and SUVs continue to surge in popularity in a variety of markets, so the transition from MPV to SUV makes a lot of sense for the brand, especially with a (relatively) fresh design for the exterior panels and interior space.

Linda Jackson, Citroen’s CEO, had this to say – “The C-Aircross Concept demonstrates Citroen’s pursuit of its international product offensive. Based on the state-of-mind of New C3, it illustrates a different vision for the compact SUV segment, full of confidence and boldness.”

Although Citroen has expressed interest in tackling the U.S. market sometime in the future, the production variant of this concept will almost certainly not make it stateside. That said, interested European customers will likely get an eyeful with a debut sometime this fall, while an on-sale date will likely follow before the end of the year.

So then – what’s this thing really previewing, and what will actually make it to production? Read on to find out all the details.

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2017 Citroën SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept

2017 Citroën SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept

French automaker’s new concept MPV promises a four-wheel drive’s worth of fun and adventure

For the second straight year, Citroen’s participation at the Geneva Motor Show involves a concept vehicle that showcases the sportier and more aggressive side of the otherwise mild-mannered demeanor of a van, or SpaceTourer, as Citroen likes to call them. Last year, it was the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept that was prominently featured in the French automaker’s stand. This year, it’s the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept’s turn under the Geneva spotlight, and like most concept’s go, it’s promising out-of-the-box features, at least when you compare it to what vans are supposed to be.

In a nutshell, the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept is an adventurous take of the French automaker’s resident mid-sized MPV. It may look the part of the SpaceTourer, but deep inside lies an identity that we usually don’t associate with vehicles of its ilk. Suffice to say, the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept is designed to be rough and rugged, equally capable of being a weekend family car and an adventure-seeking, all-terrain rough-rider. It certainly helps too, that Citroen is also presenting the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept with a packet full of features and technologies, not to mention a distinct look that helps elevate the concept’s outdoors-leaning personality.

The new SpaceTourer concept is all set to be presented in Geneva as part of Citroen’s new “Ë” lifestyle range. It may not be the flashiest concept we’ll see in the show - MPVs never are - but it’s certainly one that we need to keep a close eye on, if only for the possibility that we might end up getting a production version in the near future. That may not be a foregone conclusion, but we know what happens to concepts that are well received in Geneva.

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2017 Citroen C3 WRC

2017 Citroen C3 WRC

Bringing back the French speed bubble

The thrills and spills of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season are just around the corner, with the annual Rallye Monte Carlo slated to kick things off later next month. With the new season arrives a fresh batch of rally warriors, ready and willing to tackle the wilds of one of the most challenging race series on the planet. Rejoining the fray will be French automaker Citroen, an old standby that took a brief hiatus during the 2016 season to devote as much time and resources as possible towards the development of the New C3 WRC racer. The return of Citroen’s gravel-munching stage monster coincides with the release of the non-rally-prepped New C3 street car, which recently dropped cover at this year’s Paris Motor Show. As a follow-up, Citroen Racing revealed its new WRC contender in Abu Dhabi, and per the new FIA regulations for 2017, it’s sporting more power, more wing, less weight, and a new drivetrain outfitted with centrally controlled differential.

The updates are so extensive, the 2017 cars are being labeled as next-gen racers, and when you pair the new regulations with the departure of the ever-dominant Volkswagen team, the question of who will end up grabbing the title in 2017 is still very much a matter of debate.

Many observers are pointing to Citroen as a possible new favorite. With the vastly upgraded C3 WRC now on the table, things are looking up for the automaker, especially when you consider its long resume of successes in rally racing, part of which includes 96 wins and eight manufacturer’s titles in the WRC.

Will Citroen be the brand to beat in 2017? Only time will tell, but for now, read on for all the nitty gritty on the New C3 WRC.

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2016 DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge Limited Edition

2016 DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge Limited Edition

Special edition crossover falls short on having anything special

Citroën’s DS 4 Crossback is a curious car in its own right. It’s technically a Citroën but the added DS name means that it also has some fashionable features attached to it. It’s also billed as a crossover, although it does look more like an oversized car. Be that as it may, the French automaker has tried really hard to separate its core line with the more premium DS sub-brand and no more is that evident than in the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge Limited Edition, a 17-unit limited edition model that doesn’t really offer too much in the way of exclusivity, only Citroën wants to make you believe that it does.

The good news is that the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge comes with a laundry list of features that have been made standard on all 17 units. The bad news is that in addition to these options, the special edition crossover’s only other claim to fame is the color that it comes in. Seems appropriate then that Citroën is only offering 17 units of the model since it might have trouble selling more than that number.

The vehicle isn’t actually all that bad; it’s just an awkward example of a model that’s being touted far more heavily than it should be. There’s a certain level of expectation that comes with models being branded as a limited edition and the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge, as unique as Citroën makes it out to be, really isn’t that unique once you peel through all of its layers.

But hey, it’s not like the model’s headed here to the U.S. to begin with. All 17 models are earmarked for the U.K. market at a price of £30,045, or about $36,600 based on current exchange rates.

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2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

A single example of why WRC is so awesome.

Citroen took off the 2016 FIA WRC championship season to focus on developing it’s new WRC car based on the C3. It’s only been a year, and we’re finally seeing the conceptual version make its debut ahead of the Paris Auto Show. As you can see, the car takes a lot of cues from the road-going C3 but has plenty of extreme modifications that make it suitable for its only purpose – tearing up every rally course it rolls onto. The car was developed in a joint venture between Citroen’s style center and Citroen Racing, and is nearly track ready, minus a few minor adjustments that we’ll talk about later. There’s no telling what’s under the hood of this concept, but we know the official race version will deliver 380 horsepower and be about 55 pounds lighter than this concept.

The important thing to remember here is that this model is just a concept and Citroen has kept certain things about the actual production car out of this Concept. It does feature the same width and aerodynamic features of the car that will be used in WRC, so don’t expect to see too many changes in the future. This new car comes as a push to publicize Citroen’s new C3 as well as proof that Citroen is taking its WRC heritage seriously and looks to expand its impressive portfolio of eight manufacturer’s titles and 96 wins.

So, will the new C3 WRC car be able to live up to the hype that Citroen has built up around its previous WRC performance? It’s hard to say, but let’s take a look at this concept and talk more about what’s to come.

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2017 Citroen C3 Picasso

2017 Citroen C3 Picasso

The next C3 Picasso has been spotted, and it looks like it might take on some significant changes

We have received a lot of spy shots lately, and today we got a new set of what looks to be the next Citroen C3 Picasso. Of course, you probably think it looks a lot like the Opel Meriva, and that’s Okay – you should. The Opel Meriva and the C3 Picasso both share the same platform and general design language. They both have their own styling cues, of course, but they are generally the same car with a different badge.

The C3 Picasso we see in the spy shots is under pretty heavy camo, so it’s hard to make out a lot of the details. At this point, Citroen even went so far as to cover the rear, side windows in camo as well to prevent any sneaky shots of the interior – I guess the driver has to stick his head out of the window to check his blind spots. Anyway, let’s take a look at what we can make out from the photos here, and maybe even speculate a little on what we’ll see when we get all of the official details.

Update 08/29/2016: We’re getting another look at the upcoming C3 Picasso through a second round of spy shots. Very little camo has been shed, but this time it has production-ready taillights.

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